- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Texas company plans to try again to persuade Idaho officials to exclude federal lands and potential royalties from what is believed to be a profitable natural gas field in the southwest part of the state.

Houston-based oil company Alta Mesa asked for a special meeting of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that is set for 1 p.m. Friday in the state Capitol building in Boise.

The commission in early September rejected Alta Mesa’s request on a 3-2 vote.

Alta Mesa wants to omit 187 acres of Bureau of Land Management land from a 615-acre drilling unit.

It contends the federal agency is halting progress.

Excluding the BLM would also eliminate the half of federal royalties Idaho would receive. The money would go to other mineral interest owners in the drilling unit.

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